Chapter 14. Digital Audio Fundamentals

14.1. Audio as Data

The most exciting aspects of digital technology are the tremendous possibilities that were not available with analog technology. Many processes that are difficult or impossible in the analog domain are straightforward in the digital domain. Once audio is in the digital domain, it becomes data, and only differs from generic data in that it needs to be reproduced with a certain time base.

The worlds of digital audio, digital video, communication, and computation are closely related, and that is where the real potential lies. The time when audio was a specialist subject that could evolve in isolation from other disciplines has gone. Audio has now become a branch of information technology ...

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